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Unigroup's March 2015 Meeting Announcements



UNIGROUP GENERAL MEETING

Topic:
The Open Compute Hardware Platform

Speaker:
Philip Pokorny,
Chief Technology Officer,
Penguin Computing

Date:
Thursday, 19-MAR-2015      (** 3rd Thursday **)

Location:
The Cooper Union
School of Engineering   (*** NEW BUILDING ***)
41 Cooper Square    (3rd Avenue @ 7th Street, between 6th & 7th Streets)
East Village, Manhattan
New York City, 10003
Meeting Room: 503_CS   (*** 5th Floor ***)
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Time:
6:15 - 6:30 PM Registration
6:30 - 6:45 PM Ask the Wizard - Questions, Answers and Current Events
6:45 - 7:00 PM Unigroup Business
7:00 - 9:30 PM Main Presentation

Cost:
Please see the Fee Schedule below.


MEETING INTRODUCTION

Unigroup is pleased to announce our March 2015 meeting, a rescheduling of our OCP/Open Compute Project meeting, which had to be postponed due to speaker unavailability last year...

Our speaker Penguin Computing, has planned a special trip to NYC to present: "The Open Compute Project" along with the latest advancements in Server Hardware.

The Open Compute Project addresses the design of: Servers, Storage, Data Center, Racks, Networking, and Hardware Management. (Unigroup meetings have discussed aspects of the Open Compute Project a number of times in recent years.)

About The Open Compute Project (from their web page): The Open Compute Project Foundation is a rapidly growing community of engineers around the world whose mission is to design and enable the delivery of the most efficient server, storage and data center hardware designs for scalable computing.

About our speaker: Penguin Computing provides products in these areas: Linux Servers+Workstations, Network Switches+Storage, and GPU+HPC Computing.


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DIRECTIONS

   Location:
      The Cooper Union  (http://www.cooper.edu)
      School of Engineering  (*** New Building ***)
      41 Cooper Square (3rd Avenue @ 7th Street, between 6th & 7th Streets)
      East Village, Manhattan
      New York City, 10003
      Meeting Room: ** (See Above, Room May Change Month-to-Month)

   Located on the East side of Cooper Square.  Look for the
   new building with the non-traditional appearance.
   Entrance is at the corner of 3rd Avenue and 7th Street.

   Building lobby sign-in is required at the guard's desk.
   Enter the building, check in with the guard at the lobby for
     directions to the Unigroup Meeting Room.

   Nearest mass transit stations are:
     '6'           to Astor Place (stops right at The Cooper Union),
                   then walk 1 block East and 1 block South.
     'R'           to 8th Street, then walk about 2 blocks East
                   then 1 block South.
     '4/5/N/Q'     to Union Square, then walk South and East.
                   or transfer to the downtown '6' to Astor Place.
     'B/D/F/V'     to Broadway-Lafayette, then walk North and East.
                   or transfer to the uptown '6' to Astor Place.

   Free street parking in the area becomes available at 6pm.

   There are parking lots on Broadway, at (or just South of) 8th
   Street, across from the West side of Cooper Square, as well
   as various others in the area.


PRESENTATION OUTLINE

Topic: The Open Compute Hardware Platform

Introduction & Description of Talk:

The Open Compute Hardware Platform, and the latest in server hardware technology. More... To-Be-Announced.

Presentation Outline:

References & Web Resources:

     The Open Compute Project
       http://www.opencompute.org

     Penguin Computing - Open Technologies:
       http://www.penguincomputing.com/solutions/technology/open-technologies/

     Penguin Computing - Open Compute Project Technologies:
       http://www.penguincomputing.com/products/open-compute-project/tundra-openhpc/
       http://www.penguincomputing.com/products/open-compute-project/ocp-design-19-standard-racks/
       http://www.penguincomputing.com/products/open-compute-project/ocp-servers-storage-solutions/
       http://www.penguincomputing.com/products/open-compute-project/penguin-open-bridge-rack/
       http://www.penguincomputing.com/products/open-compute-project/tundra-openhpc/


SPEAKER BIOGRAPHY

Philip Pokorny / Chief Technology Officer / Penguin Computing

Philip Pokorny is responsible for all aspects of the Penguin Computing hardware products. After joining the company in February 2001 as an engineer, he has steadily taken on more responsibilities. He brings a wealth of both customer and engineering experience to the design, development and support of Penguin Computing products. Prior to Penguin Computing, he spent 14 years in various engineering and system administration roles with Cummins, Inc. and Cummins Electronics. At Cummins, Pokorny participated in the development of internal network standards, deployed and managed a multisite network of multiprotocol routers and supported a diverse mix of office and engineering workers with a variety of server and desktop operating systems. He has contributed code to Open Source projects, including the Linux kernel, lm_sensors and LCDproc. Philip graduated in 1987 from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology with BS degrees in Math and Electrical Engineering, and a second major in Computer Science.


COMPANY BIOGRAPHY

Penguin Computing

For well over a decade Penguin Computing has been the leader in developing open, Linux-based cloud and HPC solutions. With our unmatched Linux expertise, Penguin Computing offers a comprehensive portfolio of products, ranging from Linux servers and workstations to integrated, turn-key HPC clusters and cluster management software.

Penguin Computing provides customized build-to-order server solutions for enterprises and institutions with special hardware requirements. We complement our hardware and software solutions with Penguin Computing on Demand (POD) a public HPC cloud that provides virtual supercomputing capabilities on-demand on a pay-as-you-go basis.

Penguin is a one-stop shop for HPC and enterprise customers, providing solutions for a wide array of computing needs and user profiles: HPC and Cloud Solutions, High-powered Workstations, Highly Power-efficient Servers, and Private/Public/Hybrid Cloud Solutions.

Penguin has more than thirteen years of experience developing powerful and efficient open solutions based on Linux, and has delivered hundreds of HPC clusters, including for: Top 100 Supercomputers, academia, government, life sciences, manufacturing, financial services and web hosting.

Penguin's installed base includes more than 18,000 systems in over 40 countries. Solutions from Penguin Computing meet the needs of the world's most demanding HPC and enterprise customers, including: NASA, AOL, Caterpillar, Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Life Technologies, and The US Navy.


GIVEAWAYS

Addison-Wesley Professional/Prentice Hall PTR/Pearson, and O'Reilly have been kind enough to provide us with review copies of some of their books, which we will continue to raffle off as giveaways at our meetings. The publishers always ask that the persons receiving the books provide a review and/or feedback about their books.

Unigroup would like to thank both publishing companies for the support provided by their User Group programs.

As always, all of the books will be available for review at the start of the meeting.


FEE SCHEDULE

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FOOD AND REFRESHMENTS

Complimentary Food and Refreshments will be served. This includes "wraps" such as turkey, roast beef, chicken, tuna and grilled vegetables as well as assorted salads (potato, tossed, pasta, etc), cookies, brownies, bottled water and assorted beverages.

Our thanks go to BittWare for sponsoring the food service for this meeting!


Please join us for this meeting, you won't want to miss it!

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